Made from Scratch: 13 Pantry Staples That are Easy to Make at Home

When you live near a grocery store, it can be tempting to spend half your paycheque there — picking up staples is easy when all you need to do is fill your cart. However, did you know that there are tons of things that are surprisingly easy to make at home that taste better than their store-bought counterparts? Basic pantry staples like bread, chili powder, and pizza sauce will always taste better when they’re homemade. You can make them exactly to your taste, and you don’t need to worry about any unhealthy hidden ingredients because you can control exactly what goes into the mix.

Today, we’re going to talk all about delicious pantry staples that are surprisingly easy to make at home.

1.  Bread

If you’re a millennial, chances are you grew up watching your parents use a large, heavy bread maker to bake bread. While the bread that came out of there was always crisply crusted and delicious, you actually don’t need any fancy kitchen gadgets to make a simple loaf of bread. Check out Jim Lahey’s 24-hour No-Knead Bread — all you need is flour, water, salt, and yeast to make a delicious, rich loaf that will last you all week. The only downside is homemade bread goes bad much faster than store-bought bread though, but don’t be afraid of toasting it if it gets a little stale.

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